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A Deserved Reward

Posted on Wed Sep 13th, 2017 @ 9:56pm by Captain Claudia Ainscow & Lieutenant Megan Atkinson & Lieutenant JG Finn Fulton

Mission: S2E1 - Secrets
Location: Main Engineering
Timeline: Mission Day 102; 11:30

With the events of the previous day still etched in the memories of the Vindex crew Claudia admired how quickly they got up off their feet and returned to duty. Some were ordered to take some rest days - such as Lucinda and the seriously injured Shadi - but even them some were reluctant to do so. Claudia admired that.

As she entered Main Engineering she conferred with Lieutenant Atkinson briefly who headed into the office. Claudia scanned the area for the man she was looking for - finding him fairly quickly and approaching him cautiously so she didn't startle him.

"Is it a good time Ensign? Lieutenant Atkinson and I would like to have a chat with you in the office" Claudia asked.

Finn turned around, being a little startled anyway, "Captain," he cleared his throat. "Of course, what can I do for you?" he began as he moved towards the office, "Do you need a report on the repairs to the core? Everything is progressing quickly." He stood up straight, "I take full responsibility for the damage caused to it. We were in a bit of a bind. Everything seemed a little time sensitive. A-and it was all I could think up to do. I may have over did it a little bit, and I do apologize. I must have forgotten to carry a one in my calculations." Finn laughed nervously through his teeth.

Claudia smiled. "I'm glad to hear things are progressing well Ensign. Don't worry about overdoing it - you did a job that had to be done and the ship's still able to move under its own power. I'll try and get us some time in dry dock for this rate we might be given a loyalty bonus card"

"Well, I would hope to have most of the repairs done before then, if not all of them," Finn said, "Dry docks are good and all, but no one can fix a ship like her own crew. I'd only spend more time putting things right." He raised an eyebrow, "Sometimes getting back up to spec means changing some of the blueprints and wiring."

"You have a good point...ships have their own quirks and differences to others in the class. A lot of people who design these things spend very little time actually out here alongside their inventions. If I designed a ship or its warp core I would insist on being out here with my creation" Claudia responded.

Claudia opened the office door and went inside. Megan was not sat behind the desk but she was stood on the side closest to the door. She already knew about what was going to be discussed - in fact Megan was the one who brought it up.

"Good morning both" Megan said.

Claudia smiled. "Good morning Lieutenant"

"Lieutenant," Finn greeted, "I was just telling the Captain repairs are on schedule, despite the extra burnt parts of the core. I'll be able to get a more detailed report to you both later. With a rough ETA as well."

Megan looked at the Captain with a telling look.

"You have done an excellent job so far Ensign. In fact what I'm here to discuss today is the permanent appointment of the Chief and Assistant Chief Engineering Officer roles" Claudia replied.

Megan nodded. "He certainly has - the repairs are coming along really well and I think his team will be finished with the warp core before mine are finished with the EPS relays. I think he'd make a fine Chief Engineering Officer himself one day"

"Well, I have had someone great to work with and bounce ideas off of in it all," Finn smiled towards Megan, "Something that I hope can continue in the future. If this isn't out of turn, the Lieutenant will be an excellent Chief, Captain."

Claudia smiled. "She would - however on this occasion she has chosen to pass up on the opportunity to gain some more experience. In fact Lieutenant Atkinson highly recommended you for the position - so if you would like to take it Mr will be Chief Engineering Officer and Lieutenant Atkinson will revert to her role of Assistant Chief Engineering Officer"

Finn's eyes opened wide, like an animal caught in the headlights. He took a step back like there was a physical blow to his chest. "Wh-what?" he stuttered. What felt like minutes passed as his eyes darted between the pair. "I-I-I mean yes, but, how? Why? Is it possible? Megan is a fantastic engineer. I'm just a lowly ensign who has been running repairs. I'm the one needing the experience." He was borderline panic attack but holding it together, just. Something like this had never crossed his mind. Finn looked to Megan as if to ask 'why?'.

Megan nodded and smiled. She could understand why the young engineer felt shocked and surprised - many had expected Megan to take over as Chief Engineer permanently - although Megan had made it expressly clear to Claudia she didn't want to take it permanently. Not yet anyway.

"You're a damned good engineer Ensign. It doesn't matter what rank you are" Megan replied.

Claudia nodded. "Exactly. If you're good at your job and work hard every day then it doesn't matter what rank you are - you're going to get rewarded"

Finn didn't do well with praise or any sort of compliment, he blushed a very deep red from his cheeks all the way down to his neck. "Thank you, both of you," he looked to them both as his levels of panic and no doubt his blood pressure came back down from being through the roof. "I-it means a lot you both have that level of confidence in me. I won't betray that."

Claudia smiled. "And...on top of that I've already sent the paperwork through for your promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade. It's long overdue and I think now is a good a time as any"

Claudia reached into her pocket and after fumbling around for a few seconds to find it she produced what she was after. Walking up to Finn the Vindex's Commanding Officer attacked the pip onto his collar and offered her hand out.

"Congratulations...Lieutenant Fulton" Claudia said.

"Thank you, Captain," Finn smiled as he blinked hard. It wasn't every day dreams came true.

Claudia smiled. "You're very welcome. I shall leave you with Lieutenant Atkinson to work out the finer details. Have a good day and let me know if you need anything. I'll probably be here there and everywhere so probably best to ask the computer"

"Thank you Captain - and same to you" Megan responded.

Finn smiled and nodded, still trying his best to keep all of his emotions in check. His hand was playing with the new pip on his collar without him really knowing about it, to check it was really there and this wasn't a dream.

With Claudia out of the door Megan smiled. She was humbled Claudia had asked her to take the position - but she felt that she wasn't ready and that Finn would be a better candidate despite his lower rank. Even as Claudia said - his rank didn't matter in the slightest - Finn was a solid engineer.

"Just to give you a heads up...I've already done the rotas for the next couple of weeks. But as the Captain said - congratulations" Megan said.

"Thank you," Finn began, "but why isn't this you? You have been doing the job. You deserve it." He allowed himself to take a beat, a pause for breath. "This isn't some kind of elaborate hazing prank is it?" he asked in all seriousness.

Megan chuckled. "I appreciate that bu tI'm not ready yet Lieutenant. I've got a few things going on I want to deal with...and I need to put them first above my career for a change. I can assure you it isn't a prank - listen"

Megan looked up and spoke to the computer.

"Computer. Who is the current Chief Engineering Officer of this ship?" Megan asked.

"The Chief Engineering Officer of the USS Vindex Alpha is Lieutenant Junior Grade Finn Fulton. He is assisted by Assistant Chief Engineering Officer Lieutenant Megan Atkinson"

"See?" Megan said - grinning.

"Ok," Finn grinned back, "On the promise though that we remain the fantastic team that we have been so far?" Something he genuinely hoped for, they had been a great team and that this didn't change things. "And getting the rosters up and running is amazing thank you, it will take me that long to get my head around the admin and staffing part of the job. Not just getting on with fixing things."

Megan nodded. "I'm not planning on going anywhere Lieutenant. I have some unfinished business and if I'm honest I feel quite at home here. I'll give you a hand with how to do those over the next few days so you'll be able to prepare the rosters once the ones I have prepared have finished"

Megan passed Finn a PADD containing the latest updates on repairs to the systems she was working on. With any luck they would be completed by the end of the next day.

"'s your first progress report as a Chief Engineering Officer" Megan concluded.

Lifting the PADD, Finn cast his eyes over the updates, some of which he had not long finished himself. Everything was progressing well and things were indeed on schedule. "Everything looks good, on track. The port injector could use a little extra attention though. I'll grab a kit and head down there myself in a bit. Want to come with?"

"Absolutely. I could use a break from looking at power relays...and it goes without saying if we both go down there it'll take less time to sort it out. However before we do...are you up for going for a drink to celebrate later? On me of course" Megan responded.

"Oh of course," Finn replied with a slight Scottish brogue coming out, which it always did when it came to drinks, "any excuse to have a beverage."

Megan smiled. "Excellent. Let's get to it - lead the way boss"


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